Sunni Pindi – Homemade Natural Bath Powder
I prepare a herbal bath powder made of green moong dal, horsegram (ullavalu), chick peas, kasturi haldi and few other natural ingredients. During weekends (winter season), Nehal has an body oil massage and gets his body scrubbed with this natural bath powder aka ‘Sunni Pindi’. Chemical free and good for skin as well as environment. Numerous brands of herbal bath powders are available in the market here in India though I’m not sure if they are available abroad. The recipe I am giving below is a variation of most loved natural bath powder of Andhras, ‘Sunni Pindi’.
Like homemade pickles and jams, this homemade bath powder makes a great gift to close friends. Remember to tag the recipe to the bottle of natural bath powder because those who use it are sure to make it a regular part of their body care routine. Its that good.
~ Sun dry 250 gms each of green moong dal, horsegram and kabuli channa (chick peas) and grind to make a fine powder. (I send it to the neighbourhood flour mill for grinding)
~ Spread the ground powder on a shallow wide bowl. To it add 200 gms of multani mitti powder, 30 gms each of rose petal pwd, kasuri haldi pwd, orange peel pwd, neem leaf pwd and suganda kachooralu (Curcuma zedoaria (Zedoary, Shati in Sanskrit). (All the powders are readily available in most stores here in India)
How to use this bath pwd:
~ Take 2 tbsps of the natural bath pwd, add 2-3 tbsps water and make a paste. Use it as an alternate to soap.
~ Add milk or lemon juice or orange juice or crushed cucumber or tomato juice or yogurt to this bath pwd and apply as a face pack.
Soaps I use and recommend for kids: Pears, Dove and Fabindia’s handmade natural soap.